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131 Rivington St., at Norfolk St. (Lower East Side)
New York, NY
(1) 212-260-4555 | www.schillersny.com
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 11:00am-1:00am; Fri.: 11:00am-3:00am; Sat.: 10:00am-5:00pm, 6:00pm-3:00am; Sun.: 10:00am-5:00pm, 6:00pm-12:00am
BEST FORBrunch; lunch; dinner; late night
PRICE (BRUNCH; APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 12-20; USD 4-13; USD 12-30
FAMOUS PLATESSchiller's steak frites; sticky toffee pudding; Schiller's chicken pot pie
DRINKS AND WINEThe Delancey; house cocktails; three choices of wine; champagne; sangria
# OF SEATSAround 100
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
SUBWAYDelancey St.-Essex St. (F, J, M, Z)
Despite the significantly less Frenchified fare than what’s usually encountered at Keith McNally’s string of New York restaurants, this brightly lit, understated corner restaurant displays the same faux-thentic Europhile vibe. At Schiller’s, McNally shows his soft spot for smoky mirrors and antique white tiles; throw in accents like a black-and-white checkerboard flooring and an evocative wall cabinet of booze, and you’ve got yourself a trendy local hangout. Despite the name, which implies a grizzled barfly crowd, Schiller’s attracts a wide-reaching mix of families, fashionistas, and urban types, all clamoring for the famed frites. Though not as in-demand as other McNally restos, like Pastis or Balthazar, Schiller’s nonetheless excels with its more affordable continental cuisine, Downtown aesthetic, and sceney surrounds.
Laidback, fun-loving crew of 20-/30-somethings with a sprinkling of hipsters. (We have seen celebs swing by here for a late night drink.)
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Keep it casual; go for a chic blouse with hip designer jeans and boots.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; family; kids; significant other; a date; yourself
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s chic without being pretentious–we like how they don’t take themselves too seriously. Take the wine, for instance–it comes in three varieties: “Cheap,” “Decent,” and “Good.” We love it when life’s that simple.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The odd bathrooms. There are two gender-marked doors, but a common washroom/trough.
GOOD TO KNOW
Despite its booze-centric name, Schiller’s is open for all daytime meals and welcomes the kiddies with a decent children’s prix fixe menu. The house chefs are also executive chefs at Balthazar. Schiller’s offers free Wi-Fi, takeout, and local delivery.
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